Japanese Chin

Average Height

20 -27cm

Average Weight

2 - 5kg

Expected Lifespan

10 -13 years

Oriental Companion

The Japanese Chin was extremely popular among Chinese and Japanese imperial courts. This breed is known for its very distinctive features and remains one of the most popular dogs to add to your household.

Japanese Chin adapts very well to their surroundings and is a very easygoing pet. The chin is often perched on high points in your home, surveying their surroundings. This kind of behavior is why they are compared to cats. This breed has no problem leaping from highpoints and climbing up your furniture. The Japanese Chin is an enjoyable dog to add to your household. They are very playful and adore receiving affection from their owners. Due to their size, the Japanese Chin is better suited with families who have older children. The Chin does not require a lot of exercise, but they do enjoy a brisk walk.

Loving, playful, and intelligent are just some of the admirable traits the Japanese chin inhabits. Deciding to add the Japanese Chin into your home would be the best decision you will ever make.

The Japanese Chin Anatomy


Head is short, broad and round. The skull is slightly rounded between the ears, forehead is prominent, rounding toward the nose. The muzzle is short and wide. Mouth has a scissor bite or a slight underbite. Ears are small and hang towards the front, they are well feathered. Eyes are large, round and set wide apart. The nose is level with the eyes, sitting between them. Nostrils are wide and open.


Neck is moderate length and carries the head high. Topline is level. Body is square, with moderately wide chest and rounded ribs. Forelegs are straight, with elbows close to the body. Hindlegs are straight, when viewed from the rear, stifle has a moderate bend. Feet on both forelegs and hindlegs are hare-shaped, with feathering. Tail is set high and arches over the back. Coat is silky and straight, has a single coat.

The Japanese Chin Coat and Colours

Two distinct colours on the coat.

  • Black & white
  • Red & white

Black-tipped hairs; the background colour will most commonly be gold, silver, grey, or tan.

  • Red Sable & white

Some Japanese Chin Traits

Grooming Frequency

Common Medical Conditions in Japanese Chins

This occurs when the dog’s kneecap is dislocated from its normal position in the groove of the thigh bone. When…

This occurs when the lens of the dog’s eye becomes opaque and loses transparency; appearing cloudy. When the lens is…

The portal vein is an important blood vessel which enters the liver and allows toxic elements in the blood to…

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